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Regional group condemns assassination attempt on Maduro

Published:Tuesday | August 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, security personnel surround Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro during an incident as he was giving a speech in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. Drones armed with explosives detonated near Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as he gave a speech to hundreds of soldiers in Caracas on Saturday but the socialist leader was unharmed, according to the government.
Nicolás Maduro

The Caribbean Chapter of the International Network in Defence of Humanity (CNIDH) strongly condemns the assassination attempt on the duly elected president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicol·s Maduro, that took place on Saturday, August 4.

"While the global pro-imperialist news media has been more interested in reporting the attack as 'amateurish', we see the attack as only the most recent and most aggressively desperate manifestation of a long and persistent assault on the sovereignty of Venezuela and of long-standing efforts to thwart the will of the Venezuelan people," the group declared in a statement.




According to the Caribbean Chapter of the International Network in Defence of Humanity, the attempt on Maduro's life was confirmation that the enemies of Venezuela's socialism are now acknowledging their failure at overthrowing the Bolivarian government through electoral manipulation, mass protest, media propaganda and economic destabilisation.

"We therefore identify this shift to a new stage of political assassination and criminality as a sign of failure, but also a disturbing sign of dangerous desperation on the part of the anti-socialist, right-wing extremist forces, both inside and outside Venezuela," it added.

Further, the group says it does not separate the assassination attempt on Maduro from the several years of threats of military intervention; open support for and identification with, acts of criminal aggression; and a sustained anti-Maduro campaign by the most powerful country in the Western Hemisphere and by the agents of capitalism.

"We therefore use this sad occasion to call on the regional news media and on our Caribbean governments to exercise vigilance and to avoid allowing themselves to be used as pawns in an illicit campaign of military and economic aggression against a friendly sister nation."

The Caribbean Chapter of the International Network in Defence of Humanity said it unequivocally condemns the open resort to terrorism, and call on Caribbean governments to reiterate the region's commitment to the furtherance of peace, the rule of law and democracy.

In 2015, about 30 Caribbean personalities from 11 English- and French-speaking countries, including the diaspora from the United States and Canada, as well as noted intellectuals, academicians and artists of the region, agreed to form the Caribbean Chapter of the Network in Defence of Humanity.